Altare Elio Barolo Docg 2014 Arborina [case of 6 bottles]
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Arborina is the Altare family vineyard that is located right outside their winery and home in La Morra. One Nebbiolo parcel was planted in 1948 by grandpa Giovanni, while another was planted in 1989. Farming is organic. Silvia only uses copper and copper sulfate if strictly necessary. The Nebbiolo macerates on the skins for approximately 4-5 days in rotary fermenters with temperature control. The wine ages for 24 months in a mix of new and neutral French barriques. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeast as does the malolactic fermentation. The wine is not fined, filtered, or clarified. The Arborina Barolo has expressive aromatics that lean floral on the nose. It has a more tannic backbone, more power than the regular Barolo. This wine has great energy and will age well.
The Elio Altare 2014 Barolo Arborina normally sees short skin maceration times (of about three days), but they were cut even shorter in this challenging vintage in order to preserve the primary fruit freshness of the wine. I was struck by the immediate and accessible quality of fruit here that seems very generous and open, even at this young stage. In fact, I have reduced the drinking window to about ten years as a result. The wine wraps thickly over the palate with ripe cherry and prune. The tannins are ripe and soft.
Focus, tension and a palpable sense of energy give the 2014 Barolo Arborina its distinctive feel. Barolo Arborina is often wiry in the early going, and this is very much the case here. Even so, there is lovely delineation to the red cherry, pomegranate, anise and blood orange flavors. I won't be surprised if this cool, sophisticated Barolo blossoms with a few years in bottle.